Ron@Optimum

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  1. and I've found clay towels not only easier to use, but cause less marring.
  2. So far the Memphis training and regional clinics around the US have been Pro oriented - Coatings, polishes, film, etc. With 2 Regional Managers and 1 Film expert, Optimum lacks the manpower to expand training now. As the brand grows, and it is, Dr G will look at doing more extensive training.
  3. Great creativity...and practical experimentation!
  4. I have a BRS that's been in ONR solution all it's life (2+ years now) and is fine. I had a blue prototype that I kept wet until last year, then took it out of solution. It began falling apart shortly after and had to be tossed. Not sure how close the prototype was to final product, but keeping the BRS wet now. I agree with soaking the sponge first, just to infuse it with ONR before use.
  5. Patrick is the Master Distributor for Europe and the person to talk to about product availability and potential training: Contact: Patrick Barkel or Edwin Bolscher - 0031683531545 or 0031612674264 Optimum Car Care Netherlands
  6. Welcome, Red, lot's of great information here...and even better contributors!
  7. There are varying opinions about cure time (surprise). I've had no problem using Wax as drying aid and then applying a separate coat immediately. Some who apply 2 coats of Spray Wax suggest an hour cure time. Heat and humidity have a lot to do with cure time. Two other conditions can cause hazing - applying in direct sunlight and using too much product.
  8. I believe Poli-Seal, GPS, and Finish Polish have similar cut.
  9. Welcome to the party, Wax! Yes, you can add OCW to No Rinse and have an effective No Rinse with Wax lookalike. That is how ONRWW was "invented", people kept playing with the formula and Dr G decided to perfect it. But I can tell you that it's not as simple as that and Dr G and I spent 1 summer working on the formula, blind testing on our cars. Then we had Roberto (Warehouse Supervisor) touch test each application for slickness (he had the most sensitive hands). We rated ease of application, cleaning power, appearance, durability, and slickness, so ONRWW is a ground up product, not simply a hybrid. The rest of the story?
  10. I agree with the idea of skipping the clay unless needed. I can tell you Dr G believes people clay too often and unnecessarily. Power Clean (agree with A&J - 3 to 1 is sufficient) can be an effective decontaminate and better than IPA. The sheer number and variety of pollutants has created specific cleaners for specific needs - FerreX for metal, MDR for mineral, Paint Prep for oils, etc, but Power Clean is an good general purpose cleaner.
  11. And Instant Detailer is excellent to remove bird bombs, bug spatter, sap and other "environmental" stuff that ruins that beautiful red shine...not to mention adding extra gloss!
  12. Everyone has their favorite method to clean and Optimum is not saying the BRS is better than a microfiber mitt or towel or any other wash media. If what you do works for you, then that's the way to go.
  13. Welcome to the Optimum Forum and I'm sure others can weigh in with advice...but in the meantime, if you should get bird bombs or bugs prior to the 7 day cure time, wash off with water and a plush microfiber. You want to avoid solvents for 7 days.
  14. Solvents will not remove Coating, but abrasion does, so any polish (even a cleaner wax) will reduce the coating to some degree.
  15. Setec is exactly right, you do not want to be taking dirt off with your drying towel (the way most marring is done to paint, IMO). Make sure your BRS is soaked and go back over a spot that remains dirty and you should be good.